The Sanibel Police Department is investigating an incident involving a toddler who came home from a Sanibel daycare with a message written in marker on his torso. A teacher at the Children’s Education of the Islands has reportedly been fired this past week for writing the message, which the director of the center called a breach of professional ethics.
“We are aware of the incident at the school, and we are terribly sorry for the distress it has caused the family involved, as well as all of our families,” the center said in a statement to local media. “It was a breach of our professional ethics on part of the teacher and the school has taken immediate action to remove the teacher from the school.”
The toddler’s mother Heather Chisum posted the incident on her Facebook page on Monday, Jan. 27, and said the daycare wrote in a daily report that her son was out of diapers – a note she simply failed to see. She found the second message written on her son’s chest and stomach, which read, “Mom I’m out of diapers pls read my report.”
A simple verbal reminder from any of the teachers she saw at drop off and pick up “would have done the trick,” Chisum said in her Facebook post.
Chisum, a single mother of two with a full-time job, said in her post that she scrubbed the message several times but couldn’t remove it. She also said this type of incident had occurred before, several months ago.
CECI says the daycare is reviewing its protocols to ensure nothing like this happens again and they have met with the family involved. “We understand and share their concerns and have ensured them that their children will always be welcome here.”
A report has been filed with the Sanibel Police Department and the Florida Department of Children and Families, along with the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, which handles contracts for low-income and at-risk educational services involving organizations like CECI, are reportedly looking into the matter.